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So I know everyone has been on some sort of sugar overload when it comes to all the sweet treat recipes that have been posted so I thought I would share one of the appetizers I created for our Christmas Eve dinner.
I waited to get to Texas to try a new product I really did not have available in Michigan, or at least close to where I live. A Whole Foods in Houston only had one type of Wayfare cheese so I decided to try and work with the Hickory-Smoked Cheddar-Style Spread. Check out the website to see where they sell this priduct near you!
The company uses no fake ingredients in their products. It is mostly made from oats, nutritional yeast, beans, sesame seeds, coconut and olive oil and many more natural ingredients. This is NO Tofutti folks. It is a creamy texture with no aftertaste but with wonderful flavor. Granted, I was only able to taste one flavor.
I created a recipe based on a recipe my Chilean grandmother would make on Christmas. She would wrap prunes with bacon and bake them until perfect. What was a girl to have now?
I bought some tempeh bacon, prunes, and hickory cheese and put them together for a PERFECT appetizer. You can substitute this with dates as well if that is your preference but the prunes are a little softer and make bigger boats for filling with cheese and bacon! A big plus!
Hickory Cheese Stuffed Prunes with Crumbled Tempeh Bacon
1 package Newman’s Own Dried Prunes
1/2 cup Wayfare Hickory Cheddar
1 package smoky tempeh bacon strips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with TFX Non-stick or w/parchment paper.
On a non-stick grill or skillet add 1 Tbsp olive oil and heat on medium heat. Add the tempeh bacon strips and cook until slightly crispy but not dark brown. (about 7-10 minutes) Make sure to flip strips at mid point.
Set aside strips and cool.
Meanwhile, take each prune and create a small bowl of each prune and fill with 1-2 teaspoons of cheese. Repeat with the rest of prunes.
Crumble tempeh bacon and sprinkle on top of each prune. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool a bit before devouring! Your company will not know it is vegan. My mother and sister both liked it!
I hope you enjoy this!